THE PLAN FOR SUSTAINABLE SPACE DEVELOPMENT
- establishing an initial infrastructure on the Moon -



EARTH INDEPENDENCE PROJECT

The main purpose of the Moon-Mars Analogue Base (MMAB) is to illustate and demonstrate what a development and settlement-oriented lunar and Martian base might look like. However, an important side project would be to illustrate how a small base could potentially become increasingly or even entirely Earth independent.

This website has an entire section dedicated to achieving Earth independence. But, briefly, Earth independence can be viewed in two ways:

  • Reducing the cost of shipping material by producing it locally
  • Producing everything that one needs locally thereby becoming completely Earth independent

Since the MMAB would be located on the Earth, how could it become "Earth independent". It can't, of course, but it could illustrate what that would mean or even be a place to develop the protocols to use like those found on the Moon and Mars which could then be applied at those locations.

Much of this work could be advanced even at the layperson's level. People hydroponically grow plants in their back yard for fun. Hobbiest do their own metallurgy and machining. There are people who produce very popular YouTube series on things of this nature. What the MMAB could do would be to provide a singular location whereby these protocols could be brought together to demonstrate how a lunar or Martial base could become partially or completly Earth independent.

So, what would the Earth Independence Project look like?

There would be a set of sub-projects that teams can focus on. These include:

  • Extracting the volatiles found in the lunar LCROSS results from regolith simulant.
  • Distilling water and electrolyzing propellant and breathable oxygen from the volatiles.
  • Chemically producing fertilizer (NPK) from Martian air simulant and lunar KREEP rock simulant.
  • Growing food adequate to meet the nutritional needs of the crew.
  • Producing metals from dirt simulating that of the Moon and Mars.
  • Chemically producing plastics and other components from volatile resourcs.
  • Producing glass and ceramics using dirt simulant.
  • Producing solar cells from dirt simulant (already largely demonstrated).
  • Producing good-enough electronics (e.g. 1970s level 8086-processors).
  • Compiling information of use for protocols and technologic reproduction.
  • Writing up protocols for reproduction using frozen embryos and artificial gravity.

With a series of projects, we can explore how an off-Earth colony could become Earth independent.


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